In a recent interview with the architect and influential thinker Rem Koolhas, they asked him what is overvalued in our society? “Comfort”, he said, “security, comfort and sustainability have substituted values of liberty, equality and fraternity”. It’s certain that, questioned on such a surprising statement, he added: “A lot of what I say looks to impact. Provocations are important to oblige us to think. We need a more active and direct relationship with reality. Touch the world again”.
It does not seem that in the short term Mr. Koolhas’s concerns are going to be met, rather the opposite.
It’s been four months since I “went” shopping, perhaps a small bag, adjustments for a recipe or unforeseen necessity, always in some urban supermarket, no big journeys to superstores in my valued free time.
The reason? Amazon Now is now available in Madrid and Barcelona. In the eyes of Mr. Koolhas I understand that I am missing an important “dose of reality”, even life, but who wants a traffic jam when you can do the shopping laying on the sofa?
Open data, is a term that has been used a lot over the last few years, but what really is open data? What applications does it have, and who is working with it?
These days, suddenly every internet company, even the stuffiest consultancy firms, claim to work in an agile way, but, is this true? And, if it is true that everyone is now agile… where is the differential value?
Native or hybrid development: will the natives end up defeating the hybrid technology invaders? Or will the natives be the ones who end up in a reservation, has happened in the US?
This clash of civilizations, which mercilessly unfolds in our pockets and in our hearts, is far from its end.
To sort it all out, we have, in the right corner, weighing in at 75 kg and with multiple hybrid application under his belt, Arturo Batanero, front-end architect who is always about the o try to solve it we have, in the right corner, with 75kg of weight and multiple hybrid applications behind Arturo Batanero , front-end architect and always about to pull off the motorway when he sees the ‘Cordoba’ sign, wondering if is well written.
And in the left corner, weighing in at 77 kg and with a whole lot of native applications launched, we have Miguel Sesma, Android and iOS developer, software craftsman and always ready to try new things.
Now, you are the referee in the ring. Will this fight be decided on points? Or will it be a KO? Cast your vote!
Internet users are becoming more demanding and the extent of the services available in the network is increasing. In this scenario, it is increasingly difficult to differentiate between so much competition and the concept of brand fidelity is disappearing. In fact, if we do not take care of them, users will not hesitate to change us if they find something better.
The customer has become the centre of everything and Time to Market becomes increasingly important. Often the one with the best offer fails, while the one who reaches customers first succeeds. It is no longer worth just looking at one’s navel, but one must constantly keep your eyes on the market, because the moment the competition launches something new, the countdown to react gets started.
Today we hear a lot about digital transformation and companies that are evolving at a technically insufficient rate compared to what their business demands. This situation, usually linked to technological decisions of the past, conditions the company’s ability to explore new avenues, to tackle new challenges and, finally, to differentiate itself in a market that is as difficult and changing as we see today.
One of the most recurrent problems, and one that generates the greatest inefficiency, is the lack of organisation around the data stored and the consequent issues with exploitation that these give rise to.
Many organisations are taking the initiative by completely remodelling their architecture from the ground up, putting data first and recovering the lost ground.
“Polyglot Persistence” is what the data architecture that brings together different storage technologies within a single body is called. Martin Fowler already spoke about it many years ago, but still today some companies are discovering its benefits as they embark on digital transformation processes.
In data centric architectures, where the data is the protagonist, the arguments in favour of using the best data storage possible for every use case become even stronger. But, faced with such an offer, which product does one choose?
I recently read again the article Principles VS Methodology, by Javier Cañada, a reference for me. In this text, he explains how, for him, the methodology is in the background in favour of universal design principles.
He looks at it from a design point of view, but I can not agree more if we apply it also to the complete development of a product on the Internet: the methodology is only a means to obtain a result and must be subject to it.
This does not mean that methodology is unimportant. When you work as a team with a group of people, however senior you are, you need some sort of organisation and set some minimum work agreements.
That is why, inevitably, we need a methodology and, therefore, unlike Javier, I do continue to feel interested in this area, but seen from this point of view. I do not feel a fascination for the process itself, but I understand it as a means that allows you to bring greater value to the outcome of a project.
January 2007. While Steve Jobs and Apple were revolutionising the world with the introduction of the iPhone, we were taking our first steps. Thus was born Paradigma Tecnológico. It was just the beginning of a long and exhilarating road. Today, 10 years later, many things have changed, but some things, like the excitement, determination, and confidence, remain. We’ve turned 10 years old! This is our story.
Set the stage, Gather data, Generate insights, Decide what to do, Close the retrospective. These are the five steps that will help us make the most of our retrospective meetings.
Continuous improvement is one of the core values of agile project management and, to that end, retrospectives represent a moment of inspection and adaptation for our processes and teams. Nevertheless, we should not assume that retrospectives are meetings that can only be conducted within an agile environment.
Even if you’re working in projects with more traditional management, you should set aside a moment, from time to time, to sit down with your team and reflect on how things are being carried out.